Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Ortega Wildfire

Yesterday we had another California 'first'. We had just picked up Maddie from school when we noticed some purplish, brown 'clouds' off to our left on Antonio Parkway. The further south we drove, it became clear that what we were seeing was not clouds but smoke from a wildfire in the hills. This is how it looked as we travelled south:

Being the adventurers that we are - and having our camera on hand - we followed the smoke to the Ortega Highway.

We weren't the only ones. I pulled over on a turnout on the winding Ortega Highway, trying to determine the location of the fire. Kind of a useless act because there are no cross roads on the highway. It runs straight through the hills with nothing on either side of the highway... So we just followed the highway and soon began to see the planes and helicopters fighting the wildfire.

Finally, we came upon the staging area for the firefighters and the actual origin site of the wildfire.

It is truly amazing to see the power of these wildfires out here. They seem to have a life of their own, destroying anything in their path. This fire was contained, but not extinguished, around 11 o'clock last night. It was started by a downed electrical line around noon yesterday. In that short time, the fire consumed 250 acres. There were no injuries or property damage. You can read the whole story HERE.

1 comment:

  1. Hey FIRE GIRLS...lol... OMG.. only you.. Great pictures.. When Access Hollywood shows up at your door wanting to know "where you hiding in the atic, SAY NO....."lol Glad everyone is ok